Webster’s Definition – Diversity
1: The condition of having or being composed of differing elements
2: An instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities: an instance of being diverse; a diversity of opinion
Webster’s Definition – Inclusion
The act or practice of including and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability) …
When DIVERSITY or INCLUSION are a topic of political dialog, there needs to be practical scenarios where these should be acknowledged as needed to improve a perceived imbalance. Let it be clear, DIVERSITY and INCLUSION is not practical or required in all situations. An all-or-none approach does not meet the reasonable person criteria. There are valid situations where performance, talent, value, take precedence.
Examples where diversity and inclusion are practiced and have made valuable contribution to society.
Positive contributions achieved through diversity and inclusion
· Organizations of significant size
· Government employment
· Groups analyzing inequities in populations that diversity and inclusion can make a positive difference
Negative contribution or where diversity and inclusion do not apply
· Sports teams – where physical and athleticism is key
· Singers – where talent is key
· Small business – where performance is critical
· Neighborhoods (leave it to the person impacted to make the decision
Forcing diversity and inclusion in all scenarios, is often not a positive outcome. Also, minorities must want to perform or desire to be in the targeted scenario. Not all minorities want to be in all scenarios just to satisfy some political diversity-inclusion agenda.